The NFL and the NFL Players Association are reportedly in talks about reducing commissioner Roger Goodell’s role in player disciplinary process according to the Washington Post.
“I never talk about collective bargaining during the process,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said. “I think the only good news is that we continue to talk. We continue to bargain…. One person’s talks is another person’s bargaining is another person’s negotiations. I mean, look, to make it as simple as possible: I think it’s positive that we’re having the right conversations.”
Smith made those comments while he was in Washington for meetings with Capitol Hill lawmakers about player-safety issues and other topics. Smith did not say whether the NFL made a formal proposal on reducing Goodell’s role on the topic. He added there was no timetable for an agreement.
“I have no idea. Whether there’s going to be a resolution of this or a resolution of that before the Super Bowl — all I’m saying is, I can’t imagine the owners, any owner, thinking it’s a great idea to be talking about commissioner discipline while you want to promote the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. I don’t think there’s any owner who thought it was a really good thing for us to be discussing the first half of the AFC championship game when we were kicking off the season.”
There’s been some speculation that resolving the player-discipline process might have to wait until the next CBA extension in 2020, however, both sides have noted that modifications could be made before that.
In other NFL news, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times stated that the speculation of Los Angeles getting a NFL team by 2016 is murkier than ever. He added that there is still a good chance that a team will be in Los Angeles next year — the St. Louis Rams are reportedly proposing a stadium in Inglewood while the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders would rather play in Carson — but it is not a sure thing.
Mike Sando and Mel Kiper of ESPN hypothesizes that as many as 10 teams could draft a quarterback in the 2016 upcoming draft. The Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys are the team the two analysis believe will draft a quarterback. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, and New Orleans Saints are other franchises that could end up drafting a quarterback as well, depending on what happens this summer with their own quarterback situations.
The Seattle Seahawks waived running back Bryce Brown today and promoted linebacker Eric Pinkins to take his place on the roster, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reported. Brown, who was released by the Buffalo Bills earlier this year, did not appear in a game for Seattle. Pinkins was the team’s sixth round pick last year.
Seattle will not activate cornerback Jeremy Lane for their game against San Francisco this week. Lane, who suffered an ACL and wrist injuries during the Super Bowl, came off the physically unable to perform list two weeks ago and has been practicing since according to Condotta. If Lane is activated next week, he will have to go on season-ending IR.
Tyrell Williams returns to the San Diego Chargers active roster this week. Williams made the team out off training camp and appeared in one game. TE Sean McGrath was cut to make room on the roster.
Chargers are promoting WR Tyrell Williams from practice squad today, source says. Undrafted rookie has shown promise. Made team out of camp.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) November 21, 2015
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweeted that the Jets signed defensive end Mike Catapano from their practice squad in case Sheldon Richardson (hamstring), who is listed as questionable, is unable to go against Houston.
Jets signing a practice squad defensive lineman to active roster is a strong indication that Sheldon Richardson (hamstring) will not play
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) November 21, 2015
The Jets made a few other moves on Saturday. They activated wide receiver Quincy Enunwa from the suspended list, placed running back Zac Stacy on the injured list and waived safety Ronald Martin. Enunwa, who has eight catches for 94 yards, was suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Stacy, who is in his first season with the Jets, fractured his ankle on a first-half kickoff return last Thursday against Buffalo.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 22, 2015
The Green Bay Packers (6-3) have lost three straight, and part of the reason is the decline of the passing game. Quarterback Aaron Rogers has completed only 56.1 percent of his passes and 5.95 yards per attempt. The Packers may have just four wide receivers available for their game against Minnesota (7-2) as Jared Abberderis (rib injury) is out and Ty Montgomery (ankle) is doubtful per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
The Vikings are one of the top teams defending the pass. Minnesota ranks eighth in the league in passing yards allowed, ninth in yards per attempt and 12th in passer rating.
Jason La Confera of CBS Sports reports that 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick has played 4 1/2 games with a torn labrum. He was officially placed on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday and will undergo surgery on November 24.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 21, 2015
The Miami Dolphins are 3-2 under interim head coach Dan Campbell.
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